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Arabic Culture and SocietyHazza Abu Rabia and Maha Darawsha
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Arabic Culture and Society

(First Edition)
Edited by Hazza Abu Rabia and Maha Darawsha

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62661-099-6, 302 pages

©2014

Description
Arabic Culture and Society examines the important role religion plays in the Middle East and how it shapes people’s personalities in the Arab world by informing both their belief systems and their lifestyles.

Spanning centuries of history, the book explores the Middle East before the advent of Islam, the expansion of Islam, and the modern Middle East. In addition to the early history of the region, Part I of the book addresses pre-Islamic religion, early Islam, the Qur’an, Islamic holidays, Shi’ism, Sufism, and marriage and divorce in Islam.

Part II of the text discusses the making of the modern Middle East, democracy in the Arab world, Arab media and the Al-Jazeera broadcast network, Muslim women in the Middle East, and political change.

Arabic Culture and Society clarifies the connection between religion and the state, giving students a better understanding of the Middle East—past and present. It can be used in Islamic studies courses, as well as classes in humanities and international affairs.

Biographies
Hazza Abu Rabia holds a master’s degree in Islamic and Judaic Studies and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford. He is a faculty member at Central Connecticut State University. In addition, Hazza Abu Rabia is a photographer whose images of Jerusalem have been featured in several exhibits.
Maha Darawsha is Lecturer of Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor in Archaeology degree from Haifa University and has earned a master ’s degree in Judaic Studies. Maha Darawsha is also the co-director of two archeological sites (Nazareth and Yavneh) for the University of Hartford Archaeological Projects in Israel.